Hope for some good advice here as I decide what to buy as my new mac....Mac Pro vs the new 27" iMac, and with what upgrades/add-ons. I've been reading a ton online, but am still not sure on the tradeoffs for the kind of work I will be doing...which is 2D graphics apps like illustrator and photoshop mostly, and solidworks & autoCAD occasionally (3D in parallels). This machine will be my studio machine for at least 5 years. I am upgrading from a MBP 2008 which is too slow now, and chugs on graphics apps, especially after my Wacom Cintiq 24 HD touch tabled joined the mix. My 30" cinema display just died last week. RIP. Some reviews say that the iMac is now very close to the Mac Pro in performance, unless you are doing professional stuff, or you need a lot of upgradability/expansion. I'm an amateur, but I don't know if my planned usage is "professional" or not. As for upgradability, I don't know how to judge...I will be using this machine for 5 years...? If I trick out the 27" iMac with the processor, RAM, and graphics card and 1T flash drive, its just under $5K. That's about the max budget. What's the relative value of the iMac with all the bells and whistles, vs a Mac Pro (with what options?), considering I don't want to spend more than $5K for the whole system? And with the Mac Pro, I have to buy a display too... I am assuming the iMac will have no trouble driving my Wacom Cintiq 24DH Touch tablet with no delays or issues....? Any help or advice would be super. thanks.